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Should We Be Calling Out LeBron?

My in-box was surprisingly active with LeBron James questions today.  One was regarding the moment you see at the 1:58 mark in that video.  The short version of this:  LeBron was called for a foul in a tie game with 0.1 seconds left.  Indy hits one free throw.  In the process of the second free throw, LeBron starts walking off the floor.

He starts leaving before the game is over… even though Cleveland had no chance at all of winning no matter what happened.  So… should we be pissed at him for leaving the floor before the final buzzer… or is this no big deal?  One emailer, William, thinks its a big deal:

what really makes me angry is the way Lebron acted after the final call against him. Did you notice that he starts walking off the court before Granger shoots his last shot that he didn't even need to make. He is that pompous and entitled that he thinks he can walk off the court before the game is over.

There was a lot of swearing and anger towards no one calling him out on it.  So here it is… I'm very interested in hearing what people have to say.

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    No big deal. Great game to watch love the leaguepass.

  • Matty S.

    One question, have we ever seen Pierce/Garnett/Ray do this EVER???? Not to my knowledge…

  • OCLakers

    What a total Crybaby!! I watched the game and was shocked with the first foul call and less shocked by the second. The refs got it right in the end, total flip flopping on their part. But Labron rushing into the tunnel in a tantrum?? He must have had one messy diaper…

  • Scalsnutrisystemplan

    KG arguably takes winning and losing much more seriously, and I can’t remember him ever doing this on those losing teams in Minnesota. There is a difference between caring only about winning and trying to always look like you only care about winning. Kobe and Lebron are with the ladder.
    Let’s not forget Belichick before the official end of the Giants super bowl, which I chose to still forget about.

  • Tim (FD)

    He was wrong to do it… but let’s not blow this out of proportion.

  • double P reppin the B

    I don’t even really see what the big deal is about this? At least shows he isn’t all about the fame and money. He actually cares about this loss and I don’t blame him for getting so upset, I mean how often do the refs really call a foul in the last 3 seconds (see Celts-Lakers 2/5) ?? The game was over and he was furious.

  • DRJ

    When you’re clearly the best player on the floor and just scored 47 in a losing effort that FEELS like it was the refs’ fault (which it wasn’t, they just prolonged it), you can walk off the floor 0.1 seconds before the whistle blows. He’s not a bitch, YOU’RE a bitch for complaining about something so silly.
    Oh, and I think Kobe — by playing sick as he did, with chills, vomiting, IVs, and still managing to help his team win — should hereafter be immune to all calls of bitchiness, douchiness, and other epithets. What he did was tougher than anything I’ve seen from the Cs. (KG skipped 2 games with the flu… you didn’t see him playing with IVs.) It’s about time we tipped our hat to Kobe. He seems to be getting better and tougher with time… If he was ever a bitch, he is certainly not that anymore.

  • droopy

    lebron incredible player? yes… lebron incredible whiny little bitch who never commits a foul and is fouled on every possession? also YES

  • Coobs

    I think we need to stop comparing him in these circumstances to the likes of MJ/Bird/Magic or even KG/PP/Ray Ray. The fact of the matter is that NO ONE should ever do this, regardless of sport, regardless of stature within the league. Superstar or not, this action is disrepecting the game that he gets paid millions upon millions of dollars to play. Now if the roles were reversed and he were ANYONE else, say a Daniel Gibson or even Danny Granger, had the game ended in the Cav’s favor. I honestly believe that media would blow this out of proportion, picking on the non-superstar. But the fact that it was Lebron makes everyone turn their heads away and claim ignorance. But all this just points to the personality of Lebron which I have a real problem with.
    He has always been annointed as “King James” and what have you, yet now recently when the calls stop favoring him in a one-sided manner, his only course of action is to bitch and moan. Literally. The guy is 275 lbs and flops just as much as Varejao. And if the whistle doesn’t occur immediately, he pleads with officials on the brink of throwing a tantrum. It’s garbage that they let him play above the game for so long that it warped his sense of how basketball is actually played, how it is defined in the rulebook.
    To me, Lebron is a joke. Complaining after the game about the officiating, when he benefited from a replica call just fractions of a second beforehand. This reminds me almost exactly after his “crab dribble” debacle. He is delusional and fails to accept it, even going so far after the game to claim that he “watched the tape of the game” and he knows it’s not a travel. Give me a fucking break. How about complaining when they took away his overly hyped triple-double after they realized one of the rebounds wasn’t his? It must have slipped his mind that he fought 2 TEAMMATES to haul in his 10th (now 9th) rebound with under 3 seconds left in the game. And then had the arrogance to state that he didn’t even realize he had triple-double worth numbers until after the game. Followed up by his bitching session about having it stripped from him. I think I just threw up.
    The worst is the article on ESPN titled “Lebron James says Alex Rodriguez did the right thing by admitting he used PEDs.” Why is this fucking news-worthy? Why does anyone give a fuck what Lebron thinks on this topic? I sure as hell don’t. Suck more Lebron-dick ESPN, seriously. I wouldn’t be surprised if he voices his complaints when his highlight isn’t the lead.

  • Wiggs Dannyboy

    Not a big deal….but Lebron looks like a jerk doing it.
    Seems immature. Making the money he does, he needs to act more like an adult.

  • If you’re not a fan of James, why should you be “pissed?” Immature and impulsive, yes. But getting mad about another team’s player wreaks of a lack of more important things with which to concern one’s self.

  • You know why Kobe played through the flu? Because he wanted all the attention for doing so. He wasn’t helping his team, in fact, the Lakers were probably better served if he stayed home. But Kobe knew there was a lot of hype surrounding the game and wanted to be hailed as a tough guy. He’s a fraud….

  • venus

    I don’t mind leaving early in a win but its a punk ass move to leave when its a tough loss. Why should your teammates have to stay behind and keep their game faces on while you go to the locker room to stalk. That goes for both Lebron and Kobe. Kobe left the court before the game ended after his team choked away that 24 point lead. His ego will always make him a crappy teammate. How does the dude not grab a single rebound while dropping 60+ points? Doesn’t mind his team going 4 on 5 on the boards as long as he gets his. I hate Lebron too but at least he makes the effort to pad more than his scoring stats. Showing up to play with the flu is not commendable I hate it when people can’t sit their ass home when they have something contagious.

  • Bill

    I think droopy said it the best. LeBron is good but he’s too used to having his dick sucked all his life and it’s annoying. LEBRON HASN’T DONE ANYTHING YET.
    DRJ, one doesn’t need to know Kobe to think he is a douchebag. Everything he says is pompous, all-about-me and just plain douchy. I cringe every time I hear him talk.
    With douchebags like Kobe and LeBron in the NBA, it is so easy to respect guys like KG, Pierce and Tim Duncan.

  • chaunceyp

    ” You know why Kobe played through the flu? Because he wanted all the attention for doing so. He wasn’t helping his team, in fact, the Lakers were probably better served if he stayed home. But Kobe knew there was a lot of hype surrounding the game and wanted to be hailed as a tough guy. He’s a fraud….”

  • JstAGuy1911

    Nora – first of all you never say anything remotely intelligent. I’m sure if KG played with the flu and Kobe sat out, you would call KG a “tough guy” and “dedicated to his team and winning” and rant that Kobe is a pussy. You know it, don’t deny it.
    Whoever said Kobe is a fraud for playing through the flu, I don’t even know how to respond to that. You’re just a plain dumb, biased Celtics fan.
    Those “douchebags” you guys refer to (Kobe and James) are the 2 most influential players in the league today. You’re all star Paul Pierce has never and will never come close to their abilities on the court. Who cares about personality, it’s a competitive sport and I’m sure any of you guys would love to have one of the two join your team, if not, you guys have no knowledge of what a great player is.
    One more time Nora, please stop commenting because you make yourself sound ridiculously stupid. That is all.